Only Cowards Walk Like Cowards

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With the addition of Versus drummer Ed Baluyut for the majority of the tracks, Containe's full-length sophomore effort moves from the luminous folk-pop of the duo's debut into more more propulsive indie-rock territory. While the heartbreaking power of I Want It All is sacrificed in the process, Only Cowards Walk Like Cowards is a worthy follow-up nonetheless; as expected, the off-kilter harmonies are uniquely gorgeous, and the newfound sense of humor evidenced by the tuff-grrrl title and cuts like "Shy Song (Or, I Want to Fuck You)" and "Reprise (The Money Song) (Or the I Hate My Boyfriend Song or the I Hate Your Band Song)" is a welcome addition to the duo's emotional palette.